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How to Raise a Reader

How to Raise a Reader

Authors: Pamela Paul and Maria Russo

Reviewer: Jeanette Perkins aka Beeba

I was always an avid reader. When my mother said “lights out” I turned the flashlight on under the covers and continued reading long into the night. But not all children love to read. How to Raise a Reader is a great guide for parents and grandparents who are not avid readers or who may need help to get on the right track with the kids. The book is divided into four age groups – baby and toddler, emerging and independent reader, middle grade, and teenage reader. For each age group, there are several topics covered:

  • What you need to know at this age.
  • What to look for in books.
  • What to be wary of.
  • Book picks for the age group.

How to Raise a Reader would be a nice gift for new parents. For a grandparent, it is a helpful guide for turning your grand into a lifelong reader. In addition to the books recommended in each chapter, section five has an extensive list by theme and reading level. A great source for gift giving ideas. Reading is a vital skill in this world. Let’s give our grands a love of books.


About the authors:

Pamela PaulPamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times, which she joined in 2011 as the children’s books editor. She is also the host of the weekly Book Review podcast for The Times. She is the author and editor of five books. She is a former columnist for The Economist, Worth, and The New York Times Styles section. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Slate, Vogue, Psychology Today, Brown Alumni Magazine and other national publications.


Maria RussoMaria Russo is the children’s books editor of The New York Times Books Review. She has been a writer and editor at the Los Angeles Times, The New York Observer, and Salon, and holds a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband and three children.


Beeba and grands Dec 2019About the reviewer:

Jeanette Perkins is the grandmother of two adorable grandsons. She lives in beautiful St Pete Beach, FL. Jeanette is a book and product reviewer for GRAND and is looking forward to reviewing lots of new and useful books and products for all us grandparents.

If you have a product for boomer grandparents and or their grandkids, tell us all about it in an email to editor@grandmagazine.com.

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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